Gains in musical literacy also benefit academics, teacher says

11/22/2009 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

Students at a Florida middle school are enhancing their musical literacy through SmartMusic, a software program that scores students' attempts to play along with sheet music on a computer screen. Teachers can review the students' work and type in feedback and grades. The program does more than just improve musical knowledge, the school's band director said. "I have seen the results of their growth academically alongside what they are doing musically," he said.

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